IT Briefing: Efficient SAN-Based Tape Encryption

IT Briefing: Efficient SAN-Based Tape Encryption


The benefits of encrypting in the SAN include centralization and heterogeneity. Most organizations have a variety of existing tape drives, even drives that are considered obsolete, because tape drives have long lifespans. A heterogeneous solution that can perform encryption across all existing drives is very compelling.


SME is simple and nondisruptive, not requiring reconfiguration of hardware or rewiring of the SAN. In addition, the encryption engines are embedded into the Fibre Channel fabric, which eliminates the need for new cables, switch boards, and external appliances. SME performs automatic load balancing and failover, reducing the cost and complexity of the solution. The solution can be managed simply, with a minimum of tools.


Cisco is not offering a specific device that only performs encryption. Cisco offers services in the network: a service-oriented SAN architecture that contains storage-media encryption functionality.


Doug Anderson MDS Software Product Manager, Cisco Doug Anderson is the MDS Software Product Manager with Cisco. He is the Cisco product-line manager for Storage Media Encryption and Cisco Fabric Manager software for the MDS 9000 family. Anderson has been managing SAN-related software products for the past eight years and has been involved with large-scale computer I/O subsystem design and architecture for over 20 years.
W. Curtis Preston Executive Editor and Independent Backup Expert, TechTarget Storage Media Group W. Curtis Preston is the Executive Editor and Independent Backup Expert, TechTarget Storage Media Group. He wrote Using SAN and NAS, Unix Backup and Recovery, and The Storage Security Handbook. He has been designing and implementing data protection systems for over 12 years and now consults on data protection with end users from Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, as well as with vendors around the world. Preston is a soughtafter speaker for technical and CXO-level audiences.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
17 Dec 2008
16 Dec 2008
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